OK, so these
are not well known in the USA. They were and are made in Estonia and are still sold in Europe, as a Mark 2
edition, for $6,500. These are the original Audes (Credo Line) Blues which sold for an American
market entry price of only $2,250. They are as handsome as suggested by the
first. I think this sale has to be NY/NJ Area local pickup because I do not have
original packing and these are gracefully large (47" H x 8.25 W x
14.5" D) and very heavy (78 lbs each). For those who might also be interested,
I gave the matching Center speaker to my son but could probably re-obtain it (via
a separate transaction).
upfront apology for the somewhat wordy descriptions which follow. I'm doing
this because there's not much about the Blues on the web (in English) and what
there is is rather hard to find. Some basics: nominal impedance 4 ohms,
sensitivity 90db, frequency response (±2db) 45-20000 Hz. Several reviewers
suggest the Blues are a good match with tube amplifiers. I'm the second owner.
I purchased them locally from the original owner about a year ago but am now downsizing.
As per The Stereo Times (Joe Lamano -
May 2002) Audes Blues review:
explained that I was looking for speakers that I could use for critical music listening
and also use for home theater." ... ... "I was so impressed by the
outstanding soundstage, dynamic range, and amazing detail of these
speakers." ... ... "With most recordings that I listened to, the
brass wind instruments, cymbals, and voice all sounded natual, not harsh or
bright." ... ... The Blues have the ability to resolve fine levels of
detail in the music, which make the Blues especially exciting for jazz and
classical listeners." ...
As per The Absolute Sound - 2014 New York Audio Show - Alan Taffel reported in his "Top Five Systems" section that:
know certain rooms are good even before you walk in, because the unmistakable
whiff of “live” sound bleeds out into the hallway. That was the case in the Park Avenue
Audio room. As I entered, I already knew I was in for a treat.
Imagine my surprise when I realized the system that had drawn me in cost a mere
$10,000 for the amp and speakers. Doing the honors were a pair of Audes Blues Mk
2 ($6500) paired with an Audes ATA 234 ($3500) 15Wpc tubed integrated amp.
The source was the North Star Transport and DAC
($5998 the pair). Overall, the system delivered a lifelike sound that belied
As per a speaker comparison
(from within the "Stereomojo" review of the $3,000 Gershman Acoustics
Audes, seen here, has a definite edge in terms of build quality (around double
the weight of the Idol) and aesthetics, which is very European. In contrast to
the Idol, the Blues is a 3-way, 3-chamber, dual step, vented full range
transducer incorporating two 4.4-inch midrange drivers and a single one-inch
tweeter in a D’Appolito configuration complemented with an eight-inch side
firing woofer. The mirror image design of the Blues allows you to place them
with the woofers facing in or out depending on the acoustical properties of
your listening room."
Audes Blues’ African mahogany panels give them a very handsome look. In terms
of sonic performance, the Blues go significantly lower because of its
side-firing woofer though the Idol had the more tuneful bass. The mid-range
performance of the Idol was comparable to the Blues although the latter was a
little more forward and had a smidgen more presence especially with voices. For
high frequencies the Blues sounded slightly smoother to me while the Idol was
slightly more aggressive which gave the Blues the advantage in terms of fatigue
Idol takes the honors when it comes to imaging, as it is able to disappear a bit
more effectively than the Blues. The Idol was also better at communicating the
emotional content of the music especially with female voices. The Idol has a
deeper sound stage but the Audes creates a sonic image that is significantly
wider and taller. The Idol is also less dependent on the quality of cables and
interconnects, delivering good performance even with budget priced models
whereas the Audes was more fussy, throwing a few tantrums when forced to work
with entry level cables. The Audes sound leans towards the warmer side while
the Idol is more analytical. The Audes delivered significantly better
performance with tubes while the Idol is are more agnostic in this regard. Both
speakers are equally musical for short-term listening sessions but the Blues
edges ahead during longer sessions because of its better fatigue factor. The
Blues also has more timbral accuracy and better dynamic contrast though the
Idol is not that far behind in these respects."
pickup/delivery only. PayPal or cash preferred.